So,today I’m going to be giving you all an object lesson with vegetable juice. But first, let me explain a parable from Jesus which is about food.
He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.” (Matthew 13:33 NIV84)
So, yeast is a powerful ingredient. Even with only a small amount of yeast, you can transform the dough into light, fluffy bread. It doesn’t take an ocean to get someone wet; you only need a small amount. Such as it is with faith. With even a small amount of faith, you will be transformed, too.
So, parable time.
Faith is like a combination of electrolytes and water during a workout. Those who do not pushed to the point where they sweat a lot need less water, those who are need more water.
So, some people sweat more, just as some people are persecuted more for being a Christian. And those who are persecuted more really struggle sometimes with faith, and many persecuted Christians have problems with keeping faith. I’m not saying that those who have it easy don’t need faith; but without all the stress it’s easier for them to be a relaxed Christian. But the more you strive for a relationship with God, the more intense and passionate you become about Jesus. And that, my friends, is the key to an awesome relationship with God. That fire, that love, it’s really a beautiful feeling. And even though people all have different amounts of faith, it’s that unity that binds us together as Christians.
One last object lesson before I go:
Worship is like vegetables. Some churches are celery, some are carrots, and some are even V8.
Sorry if this made you hungry. But everyone worships in a different way. You might see some people who have a very traditional, ritual worship. Others worship in a very . . . charismatic way. I myself am a mixture of the two. I grew up Catholic for a while, and then went to a Missouri Synod church, and now I attend the Missouri Synod’s contemporary worship services. With time, people’s tastes may change, which is why it’s best to go a church that offers different types of services, if possible. All churches are good, as long as their services are doctrinally sound and focus both on both the Law and the Gospel.
Have a wonderful week. And don’t forget: Jesus loves you lots!
In His Love,
The Jesus Freak Girl
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21, NIV184).